Rutgers Lands 3-Star DE Tymir Oliver

Philadelphia West Catholic three-star defensive end Tymir Oliver verbally committed to Rutgers as the 18th member of the 2016 recruiting class. West Catholic coach and athletic director Brian Fluck spoke with Scout about where his star lineman fits best and what made Rutgers the best fit.

The Rutgers defensive line got bigger Wednesday when head coach Kyle Flood accepted a verbal commitment from Philadelphia West Catholic defensive end Tymir Oliver.

The 265-pound three-star recruit played well as a junior for West Catholic coach Brian Fluck, but the best days are ahead of him.

“I just think that he’s going to explode when he gets to college,” Fluck said. “He’s only going to get bigger and stronger, and he’s already started doing that the last couple of years.”

Get bigger is exactly what Oliver did, and he now wants to bring the speed and agility up to the same level. He registered 60 tackles and a team-high three sacks as a junior.

“Tymir’s a hard worker,” Fluck said. “He conditions hard. He’s really serious about his academics and football. On the field wise, he’s quick and athletic for his size. He can play the defensive end position or defensive tackle. He has a very quick first step. He played both sides of the ball for us – offensive line and tackle. He’s a good run stopper as well as a pass rusher. He does a lot for us.”

Oliver could play either defensive end or slide inside to the three-technique for Rutgers. He visited for a camp in June, and told Scout after the visit that either one was possible.

“He fits their style of play,” Fluck said. “They’re very aggressive and very intense defensively. He fits well with the kids there. There’s a couple of Philadelphia kids up there that he already knows. The coaches too, he really likes them. I think they’ve done a great job with their program.

“He bulked up last year and was almost 275 and he thought that he got slower, so this year he concentrated on getting the weight down so he can build himself back up. He’s lost a lot of the baby fat too. I think he’s still going to be able to maintain a higher weight when he gets into the conditioning program.”

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